Eli Castro, Blake Gillis and Kaizen Fuller either celebrate victory or cry out in defeat at the end of a practice match of Super Smash Bros. Ultimate played ahead of a scheduled game at Kenai Central High School in Kenai, Alaska, on Wednesday, Feb. 15, 2023. (Jake Dye/Peninsula Clarion)

Eli Castro, Blake Gillis and Kaizen Fuller either celebrate victory or cry out in defeat at the end of a practice match of Super Smash Bros. Ultimate played ahead of a scheduled game at Kenai Central High School in Kenai, Alaska, on Wednesday, Feb. 15, 2023. (Jake Dye/Peninsula Clarion)

Esports Week 4: Kenai, Nikiski Smash lead state

In Week 4 of Alaska High School esports, Kenai and Nikiski’s Super Smash Bros. Ultimate teams rose to the top of the standings. Soldotna’s Rocket League’s perfect streak was snapped, but they went down putting the first scratch on that league’s top-ranked team.

League of Legends

Kenai Central found itself matched up against second-ranked Mat-Su Central School 1 on Tuesday, a repeat of last season’s state title match between the two in December. The Kardinals were swept by the Ravens, falling to 2-2 and fifth in the league.

Stats available in PlayVS, which hosts esports for the Alaska School Activities Association, show that while the Kardinals largely kept up in resource production, the Ravens owned the battlefield, boasting around 12 kills for every death they experienced in the second game. Kenai’s kill to death ratio was only 0.6 in that game.

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate

Kenai’s Smash teams 1 and 2 brought home wins.

Kenai 1, featuring Koen Pace, Kage Adkins and Cody Good, swept Twindly Bridge Charter School from Wasilla on Wednesday to rise to 4-0 and the top of the state league.

Kenai 2, with Blake Gillis, Eli Castro and Kaizen Fuller, topped Service High School with a 2-1 score — putting its record at 3-1, good for ninth in the league.

Nikiski Middle/High School’s Taisei Horiyasu, Levi Kimbell and Lincoln Kimbell swept Mt. Edgecumbe High School in Sitka, rising to 4-0 and second in the league. Nikiski has swept each opponent it has faced so far — Kenai 2, Service High School and Mt. Edgecumbe — but sits below Kenai 1 in the rankings because the Bulldogs had a bye in Week 3.

Soldotna High School was swept by a team from Chugiak High School, falling to 0-3 and 29th in the league.

Rocket League

Soldotna Rocket League saw its perfect streak broken by top-ranked Redington High School on Thursday, being defeated 3-1. The Stars team, featuring Bryce LeFevre, Graehm LeFevre and Connor Gossman, had previously swept each of their opponents. Though that streak was ended, the game they took off of Redington served to end that school’s perfect streak as well.

The Stars fall to 3-1 and second in the league behind only Redington.

Mario Kart 8 Deluxe

Kenai Central bested Hawaii’s Kauai High School Team 2 2-1 on Thursday, rising to 3-1 and third in the Coastal Region. They are behind only Kauai Team 1 and President William McKinley High School in Honolulu.

Madden NFL 23

Kenai’s Marcus Wong was handed a 2-0 defeat by ninth-ranked Anthony Martinez, of California’s Littlerock High School. He falls to 2-2 and 22nd in the Pacific Region.

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